Businesses need to ensure their IT infrastructure is sufficiently resilient to the latest cyber threats in order to safeguard sensitive customer and commercial data.
This is the warning of IT security researcher John Holcomb, who carried out a recent study into vulnerabilities within network attached storage (NAS) systems.
He was able to create a worm to exploit up to 30 separate vulnerabilities within existing NAS networks and he published his findings to highlight the considerable risks some firms could be facing if these issues are not addressed.
“Once these devices are exposed to the internet, it’s pretty much game over because most vulnerabilities can be exploited using authentication bypass techniques or with no authentication at all,” Mr Holcomb told the BBC.
He added that he wrote the malware as a ‘proof of concept’, but warned similar malware could be employed by criminals to gain access to sensitive information if additional resources are not now spent on fixing these myriad risks.
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